[PATCH v5 0/4] introduction of migration_version attribute for VFIO live migration
yan.y.zhao at intel.com
Mon Apr 20 01:24:57 UTC 2020
On Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 07:24:57PM +0800, Cornelia Huck wrote:
> On Fri, 17 Apr 2020 05:52:02 -0400
> Yan Zhao <yan.y.zhao at intel.com> wrote:
> > On Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 04:44:50PM +0800, Cornelia Huck wrote:
> > > On Mon, 13 Apr 2020 01:52:01 -0400
> > > Yan Zhao <yan.y.zhao at intel.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > This patchset introduces a migration_version attribute under sysfs of VFIO
> > > > Mediated devices.
> > > >
> > > > This migration_version attribute is used to check migration compatibility
> > > > between two mdev devices.
> > > >
> > > > Currently, it has two locations:
> > > > (1) under mdev_type node,
> > > > which can be used even before device creation, but only for mdev
> > > > devices of the same mdev type.
> > > > (2) under mdev device node,
> > > > which can only be used after the mdev devices are created, but the src
> > > > and target mdev devices are not necessarily be of the same mdev type
> > > > (The second location is newly added in v5, in order to keep consistent
> > > > with the migration_version node for migratable pass-though devices)
> > >
> > > What is the relationship between those two attributes?
> > >
> > (1) is for mdev devices specifically, and (2) is provided to keep the same
> > sysfs interface as with non-mdev cases. so (2) is for both mdev devices and
> > non-mdev devices.
> > in future, if we enable vfio-pci vendor ops, (i.e. a non-mdev device
> > is binding to vfio-pci, but is able to register migration region and do
> > migration transactions from a vendor provided affiliate driver),
> > the vendor driver would export (2) directly, under device node.
> > It is not able to provide (1) as there're no mdev devices involved.
> Ok, creating an alternate attribute for non-mdev devices makes sense.
> However, wouldn't that rather be a case (3)? The change here only
> refers to mdev devices.
as you pointed below, (3) and (2) serve the same purpose.
and I think a possible usage is to migrate between a non-mdev device and
an mdev device. so I think it's better for them both to use (2) rather
than creating (3).
> > > Is existence (and compatibility) of (1) a pre-req for possible
> > > existence (and compatibility) of (2)?
> > >
> > no. (2) does not reply on (1).
> Hm. Non-existence of (1) seems to imply "this type does not support
> migration". If an mdev created for such a type suddenly does support
> migration, it feels a bit odd.
yes. but I think if the condition happens, it should be reported a bug
to vendor driver.
should I add a line in the doc like "vendor driver should ensure that the
migration compatibility from migration_version under mdev_type should be
consistent with that from migration_version under device node" ?
> (It obviously cannot be a prereq for what I called (3) above.)
> > > Does userspace need to check (1) or can it completely rely on (2), if
> > > it so chooses?
> > >
> > I think it can completely reply on (2) if compatibility check before
> > mdev creation is not required.
> > > If devices with a different mdev type are indeed compatible, it seems
> > > userspace can only find out after the devices have actually been
> > > created, as (1) does not apply?
> > yes, I think so.
> How useful would it be for userspace to even look at (1) in that case?
> It only knows if things have a chance of working if it actually goes
> ahead and creates devices.
hmm, is it useful for userspace to test the migration_version under mdev
type before it knows what mdev device to generate ?
like when the userspace wants to migrate an mdev device in src vm,
but it has not created target vm and the target mdev device.
> > > One of my worries is that the existence of an attribute with the same
> > > name in two similar locations might lead to confusion. But maybe it
> > > isn't a problem.
> > >
> > Yes, I have the same feeling. but as (2) is for sysfs interface
> > consistency, to make it transparent to userspace tools like libvirt,
> > I guess the same name is necessary?
> What do we actually need here, I wonder? (1) and (2) seem to serve
> slightly different purposes, while (2) and what I called (3) have the
> same purpose. Is it important to userspace that (1) and (2) have the
> same name?
so change (1) to migration_type_version and (2) to
But as they are under different locations, could that location imply
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